Peugeot 2008 review - Reliability and safety
Peugeot’s strong showing in recent Driver Power surveys promises plenty for the 2008.
The 2008 uses the PSA group’s CMP platform, which has already been previously utilised for the Peugeot 208. This, coupled with lots of other shared technology with the smaller car, points towards reliability being more of a positive point than it once was.
In our 2020 Driver Power survey, customers voted the previous-generation 2008 into 35th place out of the top 75 cars listed which bodes well for the future of the new model. Peugeot itself finished 8th out of 30 in the poll for the best car manufacturer, a further improvement on last year’s 12th position and comfortably ahead of Renault, Volkswagen and Ford.
Euro NCAP tested the overall safety of the new 2008 in 2019 and awarded it a four-star rating. This, at first, may appear an obvious backward step from the old-model’s five-star grade, but testing procedures are much tougher now than in 2013, when the model first underwent the industry safety examination.
On-board safety kit is much improved with the Active Safety Brake system included on all versions, as well as Distance Alert, which offers progressive visual and audible driver warnings of the risk of potential collisions. Adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection are also available on higher GT-spec cars.
Buyers have the option of taking out a Peugeot fixed service plan to help spread maintenance costs. These are offered for up to five years, with various mileage options available, and can be purchased within the first 12 months of ownership.
In this review
- 1VerdictIt’s stylish and well-built, but the Peugeot 2008 falls down on price.
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe 2008’s petrol, diesel and electric lineup is among the class best, and it’s decent to drive, too.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsEngines for the 2008 are frugal and cheap to run, but the purchase price and insurance are higher than the competition.
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe 2008’s fantastic design and build quality are let down by the Marmite driving position and fiddly infotainment.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSome rivals top the 2008 for interior and boot space, though it’ll still be fine for most.
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingPeugeot’s strong showing in recent Driver Power surveys promises plenty for the 2008.